Shell Development Oman signs pact to train youths

Shell Development Oman (SDO) on Monday signed an agreement worth RO304,450 with Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL) to hold five training programmes to equip Omani youths with skills for the job market.

The signing ceremony took place at the SDO office in Mina al Fahal. John Blascos, country chairman and general manager, SDO said, “The signing of these programmes signifies Shell’s commitment to the creation of opportunities for young Omanis to create a meaningful living for themselves and their families. We have been doing such programmes since 2002 and have churned out some of the best professionals in the country. This year we will train 140 young Omanis in different sectors.”

The participants are trained in areas such as rigging, metal structure installation, automobile mechanics and AutoCAD.

Upon successful completion of their training, trainees are guaranteed employment in private sector establishments. Meanwhile, the graduation ceremony of 140 students of last year’s batch will be held in May.

The five new programmes are Cashier Training Programme, Machine Operator Programme, Safety Officer Training Programme, Non-Destructive Testing Training Programme (on engineering materials and operating manual welding machines) and Accountancy Skills Training Programme (basic accounting, preparing financial statements, managing company accounts).

Technical and Administrative Training Institute will provide training faculty for the programmes. Ayman Ghanayem, general manager of the institute said, “All the programmes are interesting and we start off with the Non-Destructive Testing Training Programme where 15 students will be trained how to deal with pipelines. It is a risky job and one must be given the right training. The students will also be taken to the fields and labs.”